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here is a guy helping baby ducklings out of a drain. isn't that great? i can't when the mother >> that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, the university bomb plot in florida even bigger than we reported last night. now we know the student was planning a massive attack. plus, reports of a massive escalation in the civil war in syria. >> it's the development the world has feared since the fighting began. the red line president obama warned those in syria not to cross. >> we cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. >> shepard: there is still dispute over whether a chemical attack actually even happened. >> this is an issue that
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has been made very clear by the president to be of great concern to us. >> shepard: tonight, a new warning from the u.s. for the syrian regime. plus, pope francis today officially installed as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics. >> i'm very excited for the new pope. >> shepard: tonight the pope's humble message of hope and tears of joy in home country of argentina. and the chilling account of a gunpoint confrontation with the university of central florida attack plotter. >> [inaudible] >> tonight the roommate of the now dead suspect speaks. >> first from fox this tuesday night, u.s. marines confirm now they have issued a complete ban on one of the work horse weapons in all of their arsenal. it applies to all 670-millimeter mortars
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after one exploded during a disastrous training exercise in nevada today. it's a blast that killed seven u.s. marines and hurt seven other service members. it actually happened last night at hawthorne army depot, it's a remote weapons storage and training facility about 100 miles south and east of reno. the mortar involved in the accident is similar to the one you see here. a brigadier general says the shell exploded while it was still in its launching tube and shrapnel went everywhere. to make matters worse, the helicopter rescues were reportedly very difficult because this happened at night in the middle of nowhere. the nearest major trauma center a 40 minute flight eachway. in fact, the military favors the area because the harsh terrain is similar to conditions in afghanistan. this afternoon, the marine division commanding general spoke about this tragedy. >> the marines were conducting live fire and maneuver training at the hawthorne army depot. we don't know yet what caused caused this malfunction. team of investigators has begun the investigation to
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figure out just what happened. >> shepard: an official says the first part of that investigation will focus on whether marines were following proper procedures or whether that mortar simply malfunctioned. it's fox top story and jennifer griffin is live on us for us tonight pentagon. what are the number of dead and wounded tell us about what could have caused this? >> well, what we know, shepard, is that an investigation team is on the ground in nevada. the number of wounded and the number of dead tell us that something must have gone wrong with that 60-millimeter shell that was inside the tube. there were five people killed instantly. normally, it is a team of three who are surrounding the mortar position. so clearly some of them walked over to see what was going on, and they were killed instantly. we also know, of course, that it must have jammed and the wounded were taken. we know that two died waiting to be evacuated.
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one died on route and seven more were wounded, shepard. >> shepard: what about reaction out of washington tonight, jen? >> president obama expressed condolences at saint patrick's day lunch on capitol hill while senate majority leader harry reid drew attention to budget cuts and how they could impact military training like that taking place at hawthorne. >> it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women, our marines were training there in hawthorne and with the sequester it's going to cut the stuff back. >> some marine officials chafed at reid's commence. his spokesman clarified his remarks saying the idea of senator reid thinks that the hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer griffin at the pentagon now. the horrible plot at the university of central florida in orlando. tonight, it is very clear the plan was for another virginia tech. murder on a scale that
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would forever change one of the biggest universities in america. you see, the student behind the foiled murder rampage wrote a checklist. and the last line "give them hell." just one of the many new details that police revealed today. there is a video from a camera that one officer had mounted on his uniform. look at this. [buzzer] >> team as shooter made its way into the dorm room yesterday just after midnight. that's the fire alarm in the background. investigators say the suspect pulled that alarm himself. the suspect in an attempt to get his fellow students out into the open to make them easy targets. the suspect's roommate managed to call 911. >> the fire alarm went off. i opened the door to see what was going on. and he is there with like some sort of like gun, like large assault gun. i don't know if it's a real gun or what it is. but i just saw it and i slammed my door shot and locked it. >> slammed it shut and
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locked it officers arrived within three minutes. they say they found the shooter's body and they believe he killed himself. they found a stunning arsenal. homemade bombs, firearms, a thousand rounds of checklist. on it, his plan. get drunk at the mad hatter, a bar near the ucf campus. and the last item, one he had scratched off, pull the fire alarm. phil keating is in our florida newsroom this evening. phil, so much more found in the mail room. >> yeah. in a package addressed to the shooter, which arrived last tuesday but for whatever reason the shooter never picked it up from the mail room. inside that package, according to police, a sling for that automatic rifle or that tactical rifle. a training dvd for proper shooting style, as well as two additional magazine clips for that rifle. with the ammo drones recovered yesterday. you see james had about 1,000 rounds for his plan to shoot up the campus.
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>> the deceased acted alone. we found no connections to any group, organization, are in anybody else that would have shown any involvement in this situation that occurred here at the university. >> as for those homemade bombs found inside his backpack, x-rays show two bottles of an unknown liquid. two cans of sterno and one box of bullets to act like shrapnel. >> shepard: the roommate who called 11, we are hearing from him. >> he said this roommate was pretty odd. never once did he see him talking on the cell phone. apparently he had no friends. last thanksgiving the roommate says the shooter actually made himself a full turkey dinner which he apparently ate all by himself. roommate says in the dorm room he would walk around the edge of their apartment so he would not have to pass by his roommates closely. >> i just thought he just kept to himself a lot. i don't know. i just thought he was a quiet, introverted person.
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the only time he actually made solid eye contact with me was when he was pointing a gun at me. >> his family released a short statement saying james was a loner and did not have a history of violence. the family does not wish to make any further comment. still, motive here remains absolute mystery for police the university was in the process of expelling him. >> shepard: a teenager who shot to death three high schoolers. he removed his shirt and killer. he sat there wearing the shirt as students he murdered -- parents. he admitted that he did open fire with a .22 caliber handgun right in the high school cafeteria east of cleveland. it happened last year. the mother of the victim, one of them, called him a pathetic excuse for a human being and wished him a slow
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torturous death. the judge sentenced him to three life sentences. no chance for parole. a new assault weapons ban will not be part of a gun control bill that the senate plans to debate next month. that's the new word from the senate majority leader harry reid. he says the ban isn't even close to getting the 60 votes it needs to it break a filibuster. the senate is still considering bills to expand background checks and crack down on gun traffickers and improve school safety. a limit on high capacity magazines also has a better chance of passing if it's not linked to that assault weapons ban. both sides in syria now accusing the other of using chemical weapons. a development that would be an enormous and devastating turn of events in that war torn country. the government claims rebel groups use the weapons in an attempt that reportedly killed more than two dozen people. the rebels deny it. they claim it was, in fact, the regime that launched the attack. but after more than two years of each side leveling accusations of murder and torture and increasingly
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desperate employees for support for world powers. it's impossible to know who to believe. the regime claims the chemical attack happened outside of aleppo. syrian state media showed this video and reports it shows so. wounded. the people here do not bear any signs of any chemical warfare. no visible blisters or convulsions, discolored scand so forth. today the white house cast doubt on that government claim. the white house issued a stern warning nevertheless. >> the issue of the possibility of chemical weapons remains a great concern. you heard the president from this podium express his position when he said, quote: the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and his warning to the syrian regime that, quote: there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> shepard: proof of a chemical attack could have enormous implications for u.s. policy when it comes to the civilian civil war. more on the red line in the
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sand ahead. first "the fox report" wants correspondent jonathan hunt is live in our newsroom. hard to see how this would benefit the rebels. >> syrian government accusation would be that the rebels would carry out this kind of attack to provoke international sympathy and bring about more direct western intervention. frankly, u.s. officials aren't buying that theory. they think far more likely this was an attack carried out by the syrians. they are not clear on whether this was chemical weapons. but u.s. officials and the syrian opposition themselves say they simply are not in a position to carry out what the syrian government says they did. listen. >> the rebels don't have access to chemical weapons. they don't have access to the means of watching these chemical weapons. simply put, if chemical weapons were used and that's a big if, we are still trying to investigate that if these chemical weapons were used, the syrian government that had access to these chemical weapons and would have used them against civilian population. >> bottom line here, shep, u.s. officials believe that
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an attack did take place today. it was probably a scud missile, and it was almost certainly launched by syrian forces. but they do not yet have definitive evidence of a chemical element to that attack. >> shepard: all right. even if no chemical attack, there are great fears that one could be in the future. >> yes. clearly u.s. officials are becoming increasingly concerned that assad president -- president assad cornered desperate, may turn to these sort of chemical weapons. now, if and as you heard there, it is a big if, if any chemical weapon was used today, unlikely that was sara ran or mustard gas. schedule one chemicals according to the chemical weapons geneva convention. more likely according to some witnesses it was chlorine there was according to at least one witness a smell of chlorine in the air. that is only a schedule 3 chemical weapon. that could provide wiggle
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room for any western governments talking about red lines here, shep. >> shepard: jonathan hunt in our newsroom in new york. well, a moment for the history books on an a spectacular day in rome. and he sure looked like the people's pope. the new pontiff, pope francis got an upclose and personal with followers young and old as thousands turned up for the inauguration of pope francis. plus, winter is coming to a nasty end. another one-two punch of snow and rain hammering the east. what to expect now ahead from the journalists of fox news on this tuesday fox report. congratulations. thoseoo. [ male announcer ] staples makes it easier to get everything your business needs, and now get folgers classic roast for $6.99. staples. that was easy. [ bop ] [ bop ] [ bop ] you can do that all you want, i don't like v8 juice. [ male announcer ] how about v8 v-fusion. a full serving of vegetables,
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>> shepard: pope francis called on world leaders to protect the planet and its poorest weakest people as he officially became the head of the catholic church. he once again lived up to the nickname the people's pope.
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en auto day for the ages in the internal city. he rode through st. peters square open jeep no bullet proof pope mobile. shouted chow and kissed babies. got out of jeep and went over to this man who friends lifted him out of his wheelchair and kissed him as well. that moment sums up what we what we can expect from pope francis. ♪ even this humble pope admitted today as bishop of rome he does have a certain power. but he said the true meaning of power is to serve the least powerful. >> it means protecting people taking care of everyone with love,
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especially children, the elderly, those who are fragile. >> and he had a message for the faithful back home in his native argentina and said your bishop is far away but loves you very much as he did the night of the election he asked for what he called a favor. pray for me. amy kellogg is live for us again tonight in rome. amy, the highlights, well a long list yeah, that's true, shep. we did take a look back at pope benedict's 16th whomly from 2005. to be honest there are were a lot of similar messages but a very different delivery, shep. a different style. pope francis certainly has his own body language. you know, he really likes the thumbs up, shep. while that may not be particularly pope like, a lot of people here really liked it he kept the message simple so amidst all of the pomp and ceremony, really, the
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message was "look out for people, be kind." shouldn't be that difficult, shep? >> shepard: huge delegates including from the united states. >> that's right it was a marathon day for the pope. he had two hours of mass and then two hours of meet and greet with all dignitaries including u.s. vice president joe biden who apparently has said that he is just delighted to be here with pope francis because he says that frankly, he stands for what much of us do. he shares a common vision with us to reach out to the dispossessed and a poor. here is what a member of the congressional delegates had to say. >> he also will inspire, i believe, a renewal of faith in the americas for certain. north america, central and south america. the celebration among the hispanic community is huge, as it should be. think we all celebrate. even those of us who are irish catholic over this great man assuming the throne of peter act one of
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this is all over, shep. we have to see how the pope gets on with the day to day now. shep? >> shepard: amy kellogg live in rome. thanks. it's been one decade since the war in iraq began. a look back and a look forward coming next.e the truth? at allstate, you could pay zero. allstate gives you a hundred dollars off your deductible the day you sign up. then another hundred off every year you don't have an accident. let the good hands reward your safe driving with a deductible that goes away. ♪ deductible rewards. one more way you're in good hands with allstate. ♪
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>> shepard: a string of attacks in iraq has killed more than 60 people on the deadliest day there in six months. it happened 10 years to the day arch -- after the u.s. invasion of iraq. [explosion] >> shepard: officials say more than a dozen car bombs and roadside bombs and mortar attacks killed more than 240 people. so far nobody has claimed responsibility. officials think al qaeda is to blame here. investigators say the attackers targeted security forces in a restaurant near the green zone, home to the
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u.s. embassy and other government buildings. as i mentioned 10 years ago tonight that then president george w. bush announced to the nation the war in iraq had begun. >> my fellow citizens, at this hour american and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations. to disarm iraq. to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger. >> shepard: a war that lasted more than 8 years, killed almost 4500 u.s. troops. wounded more than 30,000 others. and officials estimate more than 100,000 iraqis are dead. rick leventhal rode along with the u.s. marines who led the ground invasion. he is live in our new york newsroom in new york. >> 10 years ago tonight the marines we were with had already opened fire at the guard post. we had incoming mortars scream over our heads and watch over a berm as the aerial assault began on the hill. [explosions]
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>> coalition jets and cobra helicopters destroyed observation and communications assets, helping clear the way for troops to cross the border and invade iraq. sergeant bill gawney a gunner battalion the guy pulling the trigger on the big bush master chain gun on our big armored vehicle. one night we pulled into a ambush and he put his training into use. >> people were engaging all around, looking out to see what i could see, i seen a couple of iraqi troops. fired upon them. didn't see them once i he gotn them. married and had a couple sons. is he training reservists. doesn't regret a day of his service and believes our troops made a difference in iraq. >> it's a culture of someone always putting their foot on their necks and i think the u.s. military and along with its allies did a great job to release that pressure to give them a little bit more
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president obama warned that the use or movement of chemical weapons in syria could mean enormous cons scwebses. we have been very clear to assad regime but also to other players that a red line for us is that we start seeing a bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. >> shepard: middle east analysts say the syrian government has the largest stockpile in that region and forth fourth largest in all the world. james rosen at the white house. this isn't the first time they have had these accusations of the use of chemical weapons. >> in this conflict that's right, shep. the first such report dates back to this december that's when the regime of dictatorial president bashar assad reportedly deployed a chem weapon known as eight 15 which paralyzed the central nerve us is system. today it was unusual for the government there to even hint having lost control of some of its
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stockpiles but mounting a chemical attack likely exceeded the known military capabilities of the rebel forces. we have no reason to believe these allegations represent anything more than the regime's discredit opposition and distract from own atrocities committed against the syrian people. >> speaking of the state department, it did not bode well for u.s. diplomacy that russia was so quick to blame the rebels. shep? >> shepard: influential lawmakers with calling for more involvement at least or at least stronger actions against syria. >> right. from the united states. these calls come from two members of the senate armed services committee. chairman carl levin, democrat of michigan told foreign policy.com's josh rogan he wants to see the u.s. help establish a no-fly zone over syria. lindsey graham republican senator from south carolina called for u.s. boots on the ground. quote we need to come up with a plan to secure these weapon sites either in
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conjunction with our partners or if nothing else by ourselves. graham told josh rogan. you have got to get on the ground. i don't care what it takes. the white house held firm today saying its policy for now is that it will not be providing any lethal aid to the rebels. shep? >> shepard: james rosen at the white house tonight. well, a mixed day on wall street as investors around the world obviously eyed the island nation of cyprus where lawmakers rejected a controversial plan to qualify for a bailout. the dow made up for early losses and closed up but just four points. the nasdaq fell 8 the s&p off close to four. meantime markets in europe dropped over fears that the government of cyprus would tap into people's savings accounts. just reach in and get money to pay off its debt. in other words, a tax for just having money in the bank. protesters reportedly cheered after lawmakers voted against that proposal. the analysts say it puts any possible bailout in great question and could force that government into
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bankruptcy. the fox business network's gerri willis is here with the details on this. does that government just collapse without this money? >> well, that's a great question. i can't answer it. it's not clear yes. the banks are closed right now. we don't even know if the banks are going to collapse. we are waiting to see what's going to happen with that in fact, they are just supposed to reopen thursday. they may not reopen until tuesday because there intank holiday on monday. rest assured the eu is not backing down here. they say they are not going to help unless the depositors pony up money. >> what does this mean for the rest of europe and the united states. >> the brits, this is interesting. they sent a military plane over with a million euros to go to their troops over there that's about $1.3 million. because they are paid in the local currency there. so, that's not good for them. but, the u.s., this could mean for us. we have seen it hit our markets pretty dramatically, right? now there are people speculating that the federal reserve may be forced to stick with this plan they have of buying bonds and keeping rates low
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because of the trouble in cyprus, this tiny little country as you keep describing. >> >> shepard: europe, man, lots of problems. >> that's right. >> shepard: gerri willis nights to see you. >> great to see you. >> the state with the highest obesity rate the very highest today passed the anti-bloomberg bill after the new york city mayor. it's a law that protects sugary drinks from regulations. and states in mississippi sites -- in mississippi cities and counties cannot ban the big gulp which wasn't going to be banned anyway or put any other regulations on food and drink including the listing of calories on menus or banning of plastic toys in kids meals, the fattest state. the republican governor phil bryant there says that it's up to the individuals, not the government to make healthy choices. you may recall a judge last week blocked the new york city mayor michael bloomberg's effort to put restrictions on large sugary drinks. mayor bloomberg called the mississippi bill
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ridiculous. a fox weather alert. quite a last day of winter it is. packing quite a punch. a mixture of snow and sleet covered roads and made for icy morning commute in massachusetts. closed schools there. upstate new york and connecticut. the storm moving eastward towards new england. things are slowly winding down now in some parts. but the system could bring more snow and heavy winds throughout the night in parts of maine. well, it's a century's old celebration of spring. but it sounds more like a war zone. [explosions] >> this is valencia, spain on the mediterranean sea. folks there taking to the street to mark the festival of -- or the monument over the years. it's become one of europe's biggest parties. and spain's horrendous 25% unemployment rate does not appear to have changed that the fiesta wraps up tonight when they take all those
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floats or monuments as they call them. they build and then they burn them to the ground. all 300 of them. alicia acuna is life there now. alyssia? >> hi, shep. and the fires have actually begun all 300 fires like this one behind me are being torched to say good by to the old and welcome the new. >> this is the children's monument. a much smaller monument than the others we have seen. if you look over here, can you see the princesses of the court watching -- they are crying. it's tough to see. a very emotional time for them. just waiting for its turn is unof the larger multistory fallas. the chief tells us it's made of wood and paper mache and amounts to foam. chemical that makes it so beautiful and makes it burn so fast. >> and that battalion fire chief says that they're ready for tonight, even for
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areas like this where the f so close to the building. if anything ever goes wrong. >> stiption the window panes catch fire just some cars, just some. shep? >> shepard: alicia acuna on the celebration. thank you. senator rand paul from kentucky is revealing his plan for immigration reform. the analysts say it's really putting him at odds with other potential g.o.p. presidential contenders. and political types insist it is not too early to be talking about 2016. that's next. ♪ [ male announcer ] every car we build must make adrenaline pump and pulses quicken. ♪ to help you not just stay alive... but feel alive. the c-class is no exception. it's a mercedes-benz, through and through. see your authorized mercedes-benz aler for exceptional offers
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washington tonight. lots of differences here, karl. >> thanks, shep. yeah, rand paul says the bipartisan unionio -- rubio gang of 8 plan turn off conservatives. it grants a path to citizenship while the border is being secured instead of afterward. paul told the hispanic chamber of commerce here in d.c. today that his plan would require the border be certified as secured by congress before any of the other reforms begin. listen. >> some may october to this but if we don't, i don't think you will get conservatives on board which i think we need to get everybody on board that this is good for the country. >> for years, critics have been dismissive of comprehensive immigrations more for amnesty. paul says his plan is not am mess city because it provides a temporary work visa with a probationary period with 2 million illegals a year still need to go through very lengthy arduous for legal status. >> shepard: crack down on
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employers who hire illegals. >> is he opposed to everify crack down on illegals getting hired. more are using this at the state level. the bipartisan plan that the gang of 8 has would support that they want to do it nationally. paul says immigration is a federal responsibility and not fair to turn businesses into immigration police. and there is some political positioning going on here. he is definitely looking at a presidential run. he got a great reception from the hispanic chamber of commerce today. it's not too early to be talking about, this shep. just today paul accepted a big speaking gig coming up in may in iowa. home of the first caucuses in 2016 were not coin did he wantly his father won the nomination delegates in iowa in 2012 just last year. lots of family history there and lots of presidential history, too. >> shepard: here we go. carl cameron in what looks like midnight in washington. a cyclist goes flying flying over the handle bars high speed crash with an antelope. that tops our news around
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the world in 80 seconds. south after if i can a. it happened during a mountain bike race near cape town. can you see the rider coming down the trail at nearly 40 miles per hour. when the small antelope suddenly crossed his path. the guy hurt his collarbone and had to leave the race. no word on the antelope. brazil. heavy rains triggered deadly landslide in a mountainous region of rio den general. >> jenna: degin -- meteorologists say it rained more in 24 hours than the amount they expect for the entire month of march. colombia pro-terses. protesters complain they lived without running water since after launch destroyed a water processing plant two years ago. they want the plants
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rebuilt. cops arrested nearly two dozen people. australia. security video showed the truck dumping two tons of asbestos just outside two child care centers in sydney. it happened back in december. cops just released the video to help track down the truck driver. he faces up to seven years in prison and 1-million-dollar fine and that's a wrap on this fox trip around the world in 80 seconds. >> >> shepard: remember the meteor that exploded over russia? about a month later officials say the u.s. never even saw it coming. now, scientists warn folks need to pony up to avoid becoming sitting ducks for other threats from space. plus, another set back for the mars recovery curiosity. the latest problem and what it means for research on the red planet. that's next. the rebel forces !
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a signal over south south korea early this month. part of military drills. not the first time the u.s. has flown b-52 in that area. muscle flexing reminder to the north about the powerful of the u.s. military. they scrapped the armistice that suspended the korean war. the country's leader kim the younger also reportedly threatened to nuke the united states. washington specifically and warned his troops to prepare for all-out war well, a top nasa official testifying the ability of the u.s. to protect asteroids and his ad vice? either pay or pray.
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nasa's administrator told the u.s. needs more money to develop technology to find smaller asteroids flying around in space like infrared sensing telescope. the smaller objects pose greater threats because they are harder to detect. today's hearing comes about a month after a meteor exploded over russia injuring more than a thousand people. the general who heads the air force space command said the u.s. detected that event as it happened but not as the meteor approached earth. when somebody asked about the ability of the u.s. to spot incoming missiles. the general suggested a different forum would be the appropriate place for that discussion. meanwhile, nasa scientists say another computer glitch has signed the mars recovery curiosity. it entered safe mode over the weekend after some sort of software error. they still have contact with the thing but right now it cannot zap rocks and take pictures. even roam around on 00 red planet. second reported set back
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this month. a couple of weeks ago engineers discovered a problem with curiosity's computer memory. they say space radiation could have caused that and this new problem isn't as serious. casey stegall with more from our texas newsroom. when do they think curiosity might be up and running again? >> shepard, engineers hope it's tooling around the day because the computers are communicating with something about 141 million miles from earth. shep. >> shepard: despite the set backs, they say they are really making some big discoveries. >> yeah, mainly with the presence of water. you know, up until now, scientists have thought water really only existed on the red planet in the form of ice. however, nasa now says they
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have found evidence of dried up rivers with the curiosity rover. rivers some 3 billion years old. why is that important, you ask? well, because they say it means life could have, indeed, once existed there. >> for the first time we are seeing an ancient environment on mars which is habitable. it just looks different than the planet does today instead of red, it's gray. there was plenty of water. >> curiosity landed on mars back in august, you might recall. the mission last one martian year. that translates into 687 earth days, shepard. we're about halfway through. >> shepard: all right. casey stegall in dallas tonight. cabin owners are now looking for what's left after a huge fire ripped through a mountain side resort. and that tops our news across newark. america. tennessee, the fire broke out late sunday night at a cabin near the north carolina border. heavy winds quickly fanned
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the flames to dozens of other structures. black hawk helicopters help battled thing all day yesterday. officials say some rain fall last night finally helped contain the thing. it charred some 200 acres and destroyed more than 60 cabins. nobody hurt. maryland. a massive water main break beneath a busy intersection north of d.c. the pipe burst last night sending water 25 feet into the air. the pressure reportedly knocked down a telephone pole. the officials issued water restrictions for two counties. the mess shut down some roads and snarled traffic on others. as crews worked on repairs. arizona. a family's dog is finally back home in phoenix after united airlines mistakenly shipped the animal to ireland. the owner last week moved to arizona from new york. the airline had to put the dog on the later flight. after landing, the woman got the call that her pooch had somehow ended up across
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